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Still Runnin’ Down a Dream—Tom Petty set to headline San Francisco’s 7th annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.

Even at the age of 63, this American rocker isn’t slowing down one bit. After securing a headlining spot at one of the US’s top music festivals, it’s clear to see this legend isn’t going anywhere as he continues to hold his own amongst much younger, trending bands.

Tom Petty has been touring strong with his band, The Heartbreakers, since the late 70’s and the classic rock group hasn’t lost any of their passion or fan base. Petty’s love of music is as strong as it was when he was a child, he says “it keeps me young, it keeps me feeling like I have some purpose.” And that purpose was clear to him at a young age.

At the age of 14, Petty started his first band and later dropped out of school to join Mudcrutch at the age of 17. While this was a bold and risky move, Petty was passionate about pursuing his music and got with a group that stuck. Mudcrutch members Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench would evolve into The Heartbreakers, Petty’s most well known band that is still thriving today.

While Petty has seen major success with all of his musical endeavors, including his other bands The Traveling Wilburys (founded with his idols and friends George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne) and Mudcrutch, and his collaborations with artists such as Stevie Nicks and The Grateful Dead, The Heartbreakers are still reigning in their rock and roll glory.

Encompassing southern rock, soulful blues, powerful instrumentals and a uniquely strained and gritty voice, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were, and continue to be, among one of the best American Rock bands. Having been nominated for several Grammys including “Best Rock Song”, “Best Rock Album” awards with the band, and having won the Grammy for “Best Music Video,” “Best Male Vocal Performance” and MTV’s  “Best Male Video” awards, the band has had major success and Petty has won several “Legend” “Century Honoree” and “Best Male Vocals” awards as well.

His record success surpassing 80 million records sold worldwide is matched by his concert sell outs, and with the growing increase and popularity of music festivals, Petty has garnered the attention of the best of them. Petty has done an incredible job staying loyal to his original fan base and keeping up with younger generations with his never fading energy and old rock charisma. As Stephen Thomas Erlewine, music journalist and senior editor for ALLMUSIC explains in his biography on Petty, Petty’s “willingness to experiment with the boundaries of classic rock & roll helped Petty sustain his popularity well into the ’90s,” and his ability to adapt to current music trends, such as the growing popularity of festivals, continues to keep Petty in the limelight.

Recently, Petty has hit the festival circuit, headlining at last year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee, the Hangout Festival in Alabama, and has just been announced to headline Outside Lands this August. It is so refreshing to see such an accomplished and talented artists still pulling rank with the ever growing festival music scenes that often showcase trending artists, leaving behind some of the greatest rockers that are still around and love what they’re doing.

On reflecting about last years festival performance and the mixed crowd of fans, Petty told Rolling Stone that "that’s really the fun of playing a festival like that: you’re playing to lots of hardcore fans, but you’re also playing to people that have never seen you before…It’s great to play to so many young people that you know couldn’t have even been born when we started out. They were just a wonderful audience." Having been in that audience last summer, this music lover can say that Petty won over new, younger fans and kept a fire burning for die hard Heartbreaker fans alike. His excitement and energy likely sparked this upcoming headlining spot and San Francisco will be in for a real treat this summer when Petty takes the stage among other headlining acts The Killers and Kanye West.



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The Coachella 2014 countdown is coming to a close! 

With weekend one (April 11-13) just a couple of weeks away and weekend two following April 18-20th, the weekend of fun, friends, good times and of course good music, we have all been waiting for is almost here. With all of the festival fashion tips and camping tricks, the main event seems to take a bit of a back seat. Of course, we all know the headliners and have our favorites we are going to see, but there are so many hidden gems breaking through the music scene at this legendary fest. With that said, here are some my new favorite artists to check out. They will all be taking the heat to take the stage, and I couldn’t be more excited! 

Bombay Bicycle Club (Saturday)
The English indie rock band’s range of sounds is unreal. They hit the house music spectrum with building rhythm and beats leaving you dancing in a completely happy and captivated state in tracks like “Lights Out, World Gone” and have a slower and softer side where lead vocalist Jack Steadman takes a more mellow approach like in “Flaws.”

Bombino (Sunday)
Hailing from Niger, Omara Mactar, known as Bombino, has a completely unique take on the blues and rock music he puts out. His booming vocals strike a powerful chord with listeners and the unique instrumentals fuse his Nigerian culture in his music. 

Foxygen (Saturday)
Jonathan Rado and Sam France make up the duo that is the psychedelic, american indie rock band Foxygen. I’ve got to say i am most excited to see these two. They strike a major throwback vibe sounding a bit Velvet Underground, slightly Rolling Stones, and totally awesome. “Blue Mountain”, “No Destruction” and “Make it Known” have hit my playlists on repeat, I can’t get enough of them!

Goat (Friday)
This alternative musical group from Sweden is classified as an experimental fusion group. One of their most popular tracks “Run to Your Mama” totally shows off this band’s rad tribal sound. The percussions are on point and the alluring female vocals add a cool contrast to the intense instrumentals. 

J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Sunday)
I can tell this is going to be  a really fun show. The American rock band comes from Tennessee and is known for putting on a really energetic performance. Solid guitar playing and drums back up the passionately loud vocals of frontman J Roddy Walston but the unexpected piano gives the classic rock and roll sound a little more of a jazzy feel like in their track “Don’t Break The Needle” which still leads in to their signature sound you can hear in “Heavy Bells”. 

Temples (Saturday)
These  guys are rad. The four English rockers have only been playing together since 2012 but in those two short years they have garnered a lot of well deserved praise. Temples cultivate a psychedelic sound in their tunes and the added use of keyboards really completes their music. They sound a bit like Tame Impala which hit the festival circuit last season but have their own grit and less electronic sounding vocals. 

The Preatures (Friday)
All the way from Sydney, Australia, this five piece band hits a real soulful sound slightly reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac that you can hear in their track “Revelation”. Yet the band updates their sound with some electronic tones in other songs. The female vocals fronted by Gideon Bensen give this band a unique element of lightness that works really well with the soft rhythmic instrumentals, such as in their EP and SIngle “Is This How You Feel?”. 

Warpaint (Saturday)
Another band with a female lead vocalist (and band) is the Los Angeles group Warpaint. They have a really rich sound that comes from the layered instrumentals and background vocals put together in this group of four. While the current crew is only ladies, you can definitely hear the influence of Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante who helped them arrange their EP. The opening guitar riff of “Keep It Healthy” really combines that building guitar sound and their enchanting voices to showcase the groups special sound. 

Zoé (Sunday)
I had never heard of this Mexican band but am so glad Coachella is bringing this highly accomplished, Grammy winning group to the festival. Zoé is an alternative psychedelic band fusing entrancing instrumentals with Spanish vocals and lyrics blend for a really unique and cool sound.

 
playlist of all the artist I am looking forward to:
http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Coachella+2014/94585513
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The Coachella 2014 countdown is coming to a close!


With weekend one (April 11-13) just a couple of weeks away and weekend two following April 18-20th, the weekend of fun, friends, good times and of course good music, we have all been waiting for is almost here. With all of the festival fashion tips and camping tricks, the main event seems to take a bit of a back seat. Of course, we all know the headliners and have our favorites we are going to see, but there are so many hidden gems breaking through the music scene at this legendary fest. With that said, here are some my new favorite artists to check out. They will all be taking the heat to take the stage, and I couldn’t be more excited!


Bombay Bicycle Club (Saturday)

The English indie rock band’s range of sounds is unreal. They hit the house music spectrum with building rhythm and beats leaving you dancing in a completely happy and captivated state in tracks like “Lights Out, World Gone” and have a slower and softer side where lead vocalist Jack Steadman takes a more mellow approach like in “Flaws.”


Bombino (Sunday)

Hailing from Niger, Omara Mactar, known as Bombino, has a completely unique take on the blues and rock music he puts out. His booming vocals strike a powerful chord with listeners and the unique instrumentals fuse his Nigerian culture in his music.


Foxygen (Saturday)

Jonathan Rado and Sam France make up the duo that is the psychedelic, american indie rock band Foxygen. I’ve got to say i am most excited to see these two. They strike a major throwback vibe sounding a bit Velvet Underground, slightly Rolling Stones, and totally awesome. “Blue Mountain”, “No Destruction” and “Make it Known” have hit my playlists on repeat, I can’t get enough of them!


Goat (Friday)

This alternative musical group from Sweden is classified as an experimental fusion group. One of their most popular tracks “Run to Your Mama” totally shows off this band’s rad tribal sound. The percussions are on point and the alluring female vocals add a cool contrast to the intense instrumentals.


J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Sunday)

I can tell this is going to be  a really fun show. The American rock band comes from Tennessee and is known for putting on a really energetic performance. Solid guitar playing and drums back up the passionately loud vocals of frontman J Roddy Walston but the unexpected piano gives the classic rock and roll sound a little more of a jazzy feel like in their track “Don’t Break The Needle” which still leads in to their signature sound you can hear in “Heavy Bells”.



Temples (Saturday)

These  guys are rad. The four English rockers have only been playing together since 2012 but in those two short years they have garnered a lot of well deserved praise. Temples cultivate a psychedelic sound in their tunes and the added use of keyboards really completes their music. They sound a bit like Tame Impala which hit the festival circuit last season but have their own grit and less electronic sounding vocals.



The Preatures (Friday)

All the way from Sydney, Australia, this five piece band hits a real soulful sound slightly reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac that you can hear in their track “Revelation”. Yet the band updates their sound with some electronic tones in other songs. The female vocals fronted by Gideon Bensen give this band a unique element of lightness that works really well with the soft rhythmic instrumentals, such as in their EP and SIngle “Is This How You Feel?”.



Warpaint (Saturday)

Another band with a female lead vocalist (and band) is the Los Angeles group Warpaint. They have a really rich sound that comes from the layered instrumentals and background vocals put together in this group of four. While the current crew is only ladies, you can definitely hear the influence of Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante who helped them arrange their EP. The opening guitar riff of “Keep It Healthy” really combines that building guitar sound and their enchanting voices to showcase the groups special sound.


Zoé (Sunday)

I had never heard of this Mexican band but am so glad Coachella is bringing this highly accomplished, Grammy winning group to the festival. Zoé is an alternative psychedelic band fusing entrancing instrumentals with Spanish vocals and lyrics blend for a really unique and cool sound.

playlist of all the artist I am looking forward to:

http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Coachella+2014/94585513

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Fleetwood Mac - “Why”

Lord Huron plays San Diego tomorrow night Feb. 27 at The Belly Up in Solana Beach.
I fell in love with Los Angeles band Lord Huron last year after hearing them on Pandora. I was captivated by the romantic lyrics, enchanting vocals and harmonies and unique instrumentals. After seeing them in concert a few times this past year and during the summer, the magic of their music continued to grow. I was lucky enough to see them at Bonnaroo last June at their main performance and later on the private Sonic Stage. It was a surreal experience seeing the band perform so close up and getting to meet the band members. Getting a close up look at how they make their captivating sound possible made me love the band all the more. They are constantly smiling, laughing and genuinely enjoying their performance as much as the audience. The wonderful sounds of rain forests and chimes, growing beats and powerful percussions created on their album are even more intrinsic in person. The guys have such an energetic passion about them. They are a real treat to see live. They will be playing in San Diego at Solana Beach at the Belly Up Tavern tomorrow night. It already sold out but for those of you who are lucky enough to have scored a ticket, you’re in for a great night of music and dancing!
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Lord Huron plays San Diego tomorrow night Feb. 27 at The Belly Up in Solana Beach.

I fell in love with Los Angeles band Lord Huron last year after hearing them on Pandora. I was captivated by the romantic lyrics, enchanting vocals and harmonies and unique instrumentals. After seeing them in concert a few times this past year and during the summer, the magic of their music continued to grow. I was lucky enough to see them at Bonnaroo last June at their main performance and later on the private Sonic Stage. It was a surreal experience seeing the band perform so close up and getting to meet the band members. Getting a close up look at how they make their captivating sound possible made me love the band all the more. They are constantly smiling, laughing and genuinely enjoying their performance as much as the audience. The wonderful sounds of rain forests and chimes, growing beats and powerful percussions created on their album are even more intrinsic in person. The guys have such an energetic passion about them. They are a real treat to see live. They will be playing in San Diego at Solana Beach at the Belly Up Tavern tomorrow night. It already sold out but for those of you who are lucky enough to have scored a ticket, you’re in for a great night of music and dancing!


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Whole Lotta Love…Songs

Celebrate today with some of my favorite tunes to get you in the loving mood:

 ”All My Love” ~ Led Zeppelin

"For Your Love" ~ The Yardbirds

"Funnel of Love" ~ Wanda Jackson or Terraplane Sun

'Hello, I Love You” ~ The Doors

"I Found Love" ~ Quicksilver Messenger Service

"I Love You" ~ The Zombies

"Love is All Around" ~ The Troggs

"Love Like This" ~ Wild Belle

"Love Lost" ~ The Temper Trap

"Love Me Foolishly" ~ Phosphorescent

"Love Me Through" ~ Port O’Brien

"Lovers in Love" ~ Portugal. The  Man

"Lover’s Spit" ~ Broken Social Scene

"Sea of Love" ~ Phil Phillips

"Skinny Love" ~ Bon Iver

"You’ve Got the Love" ~ Florence and The Machine

"Don’t Cry My Lady Love" ~ Quicksilver Messenger Service

The list goes on…

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Soul Love ~ David Bowie

Stone love - she kneels before the grave
A brave son - who gave his life to see the slogan
That hovers between the headstone and her eyes
For they penetrate her grieving

New love - a boy and girl are talking
New words - that only they can share in
New words - a love so strong it tears their hearts
To sleep - through the fleeting hours of morning

Love is careless in it’s choosing - sweeping over ‘cross a baby
Love descends on those defenseless
Idiot love will spark the fusion
Inspirations have I none - just to touch the flaming dove
All I have is my love of love - and love is not loving

Soul love - the priest that tastes the word and
Told of love - and how my God on high is
All love - though reaching up my loneliness evolves
By the blindness that surrounds him

Love is careless in it’s choosing - sweeping over ‘cross a baby
Love descends on those defenseless
Idiot love will spark the fusion
Inspirations have I none - just to touch the flaming dove
All I have is my love of love - and love is not loving


Happy Valentine’s Day…here’s to a love of love

Don’t miss TERRAPLANE SUN this Wednesday at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. 

Fun in the Sun


Terraplane Sun heads to Solana Beach this week for a show at the Belly Up.


The LA based rock crew makes their way to one of their favorite venues this wednesday for a show promoting the launch of one of their favorite causes, Project Raw.

The happening band cares about more than just putting out great tunes but that is something they’re certainly good at. The group of 5 formed the band in Venice Beach and the surfer vibes and soulful culture make their way into their sound. But it is hard to classify this crew into a single sound because the variety of their talent. They hit the bluesy spectrum in tracks such as “Never Bring Me Down” and throw back into a major 60’s style with remakes (“Funnel of Love”) and originals alike.

The band’s frontman Ben Rothbard exudes a confident and gritty power in his vocals and has an incredible ensemble to round out the band’s diverse spectrum of sounds. Lead guitarist Johnny Zambetti kills it on all their tracks adding the electric life that their music has, and steady beats produced by Lyle Riddle on drums adds such a richness to their songs. Bassist Cecil sets the pace for the crew and keyboardist Gabe Feenberg brings in that element of real music that many contemporary bands are missing. Their EP Ya Never Know launched the band’s most popular song “Get Me Golden” that does just that upon listening to it. The building tempo starts off with Feenberg on keyboard and brings in everything I love about this band; catchy rhythms, relatable lyrics and a good feeling of energy and connectedness among the bandmates. The band’s full length album Coyote shows a slower and more folksy side to the group while still maintaining the same spirit from their EP.

Depending on the track you hear, you might think you are listening to something that got lost in the layers of classic rock so many years ago. It is so refreshing to hear a band like this and know that they’re focused on putting out music that they are passionate about and have worked hard to achieve. Mellow and grounded and proud of their work, the band has a few tour dates coming up in CA and are sure to be a set to see this Wednesday. They will be moving on through the US and back in San Diego April 24th at the House of Blues but you definitely don’t want to wait that long to see them!

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Foxygen - “No Destruction”

Love getting in to new bands…excited to check these guys out at Coachella in April. A little Velvet Underground sound, a little psychadelic punk and a lot of goods.

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - “Christmas All Over Again”

I hope you have a good one!!

Happy Christmas and Holidays to everyone!!

Fitz and the Tantrums…

tomorrow night in San Diego!! Check em’ out if you’re around. Playing at Valley View Casino Center.